Local auto racing: Greensburg native finds early groove

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Dan Angelicchio is off to a roaring start to the racing season.

The Greensburg native, 25, won the opening-night event in late April at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Fayette County in his RUSH Crate Late Model, and on May 9, Angelicchio, driving for his father, Denny, won the RUSH Crate Late Model Touring Series race at Lernerville Speedway. Angelicchio followed that victory by winning the first Super Late Model race of his career Saturday at Marion Center Speedway near Indiana, Pa.

Three races, three wins in two different classes.

A former track champion at Dog Hollow Speedway in the Crate Late Model class, Angelicchio plans on racing with the RUSH and FASTRAK touring series in the crate car when his schedule permits.

“We plan on being as competitive as possible in the crate car,” Angelicchio said.

With 20 career wins in the crate car, Angelicchio would like to spend more time racing the Super Late Model.

“We just got our motor freshened in the Super Late Model and plan on getting a few laps in at Lernerville Speedway before the ‘Firecracker 100,’ ” he said.

Angelicchio has qualified for the Firecracker 100 in the past and hopes with a fresh motor he can be a factor this year, but he has a few personal milestones to complete before the race in late June.

“I am getting married June 7 and moving into a new house before that can happen,” he said.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to race and win in a Super Late Model. My dad had some great drivers win for him in the past [Bob Wearing Sr., Bob Wearing Jr., Davey Johnson and John Gill], and my dad has always had a passion for Super Late Models.”


Lernerville Speedway in Sarver returns to Fab Four racing at 7:30 p.m. today after Lee Jacobs picked up his first career All Star victory last week at the same track where his dad, Kenny, won the 98th race and final win of his storied All Star Sprint Car Series career. … Motordrome Speedway will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. today with five divisions on Military Appreciation Night. Military personnel with ID will receive free general admission to the NASCAR weekly racing series asphalt oval in Smithton. … Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway will race at 7 p.m. Saturday with five divisions. Allegheny County residents receive a $2 discount on general admission tickets. … Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the IHRA drag strip in New Alexandria, will host Friday Night Street Drags for street cars only tonight along with a car cruise. Saturday, PRP has a regular event for all classes beginning around 3 p.m. … Six divisions will race Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. … Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Sunday will host the first of two visits by the 410 Sprint Cars with the second race coming June 1. The two-race event for the Outlaw-type sprint cars will attract drivers from Ohio and Western and Central Pennsylvania, and the June 1 event will serve as a qualifier for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne’s $20,000-to-win “Dirt Classic” Sept. 27 at Lincoln Speedway near York, Pa. Local drivers Danny Holtgraver and Carl Bowser are just a few names planning on competing in Sunday’s race along with former World of Outlaws champion turned NASCAR Cup driver Dave Blaney. For more information on the “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands,” visit www. roaringknob.com.

DJ Johnson: DJ1360rpm@aol.com.

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